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Sunday Musings – The May Knit Picks Has Arrived


I was so excited to have received the new Knit Picks catalog in the mail this weekend. I love looking at the various yarns, wonderful colors and books that they offer. For those not familiar with Knit Picks, they have great yarn at great prices. They often have books and kits on clearance. You can get to their site here.

Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Hello – once again I am bringing you a recipe from Chicken Soup for the Soul – Recipes for Busy Moms.  This book is full of wonderful kid friendly – Mom approved recipes and I am so glad I stumbled upon it.


1 Jar (9 to 10 Ounces) sweet and sour sauce

1/4  cup packed light brown sugar

3 tablespoons soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

2 1/2 pounds frozen meatballs

2 bell peppers (1 red and 1 green), chopped

1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks, drained


The meatballs are in the dish in the left of the photo.  I buy them in bulk at Costco so I measured out two pounds.  I was not home for dinner last night (had a work meeting) hence, the crockpot meal so that the boys would have a warm meal to eat with minimal fuss.  What I did not pay attention to was the fact that the meatballs were Italian style.  They ate it and my husband took leftovers to work for lunch – but the consensus was that Italian style meatballs with sweet and sour sauce was a bit weird.  Advice – buy plain meatballs for this recipe.

Place all ingredients into a four quart or larger crockpot/slow cooker; stir gently then cover with the lid.  Cook on low setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high setting for 4 to 5 hours, until done.  (I did the low for 8 hours)

002I then put white rice in my programable rice cooker and presto dinner ready on time!  These have got to be the two best inventions EVER for working, busy Moms!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rice Cooker and Crockpot

Rice Cooker and Crockpot

Books I am browsing……

2013-01-03_09-19-25_927 (1)Yesterday I went to the local library and picked up a few books on sewing and a few on cooking.  One of them was rather old with a quirky guy on each page – Chicken Soup for the Busy Mom – but the recipes were pretty good and very kid friendly.  As I plan my menu for next week I will share them with you and maybe you will find one or two that may interest you.  The sewing books were quite cool as well.  I have a sewing machine and have dabbled with sewing but always hesitate at making clothing for myself.  It just doesn’t seem to fit quite right.  This year I resolve to make at least one clothing item for myself and to work with it until I get it right.